your technology should make an impact

NEW! I am happy to announce my book Accelerate: The Science of DevOps - Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations, was just awarded the shingo publication award. Check it out here

I am a DevOps research and strategy expert who shows leaders how to make their technology count. Best known as lead on the Shingo Publication Award-winning book Accelerate and on the State of DevOps Reports, I have helped some of the biggest companies in the world improve their technology work — including culture, process, and architectural aspects. I am now at Google Cloud by way of DORA (where I was Founder and CEO: read about that here) and a member of ACM Queue's Editorial Board. In a previous life, I was a software engineer, sysadmin, professor, and hardware performance engineer.

I hold a PhD in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting. I have published several peer-reviewed journal papers and have been awarded public and private research grants (funders include NASA and the NSF), and my work has been featured in various media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ComputerWorld, and InfoWeek. I have been named a Top 10 Thought Leader and expert in DevOps, and I advise companies, execs, and investors regularly. You can read Gartner's take on my move from academia to bring science to the tech industry here

Photo credits (unless stated otherwise): D'Arcy Benincosa


I am available for very limited speaking engagements, which can include private events and conference keynotes; these are offered at day rates only. I no longer offer private workshops.

I am available for board positions and strategic advisory positions if they do not conflict with my work at Google Cloud. Please click here for more information.


I speak at several tech and business conferences around the world each year, with audiences ranging from keynotes delivered to a few thousand to breakout talks with a few dozen. 

Example talks and some reactions are available here

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In the course of my work, I conduct and publish academic research. I have published several peer-review journal and conference articles, appearing in outlets like Communications of the AIS, Journal of Learning Sciences, Journal of Computational Statistics, and IBM Journal of Research and Development. More information is available here

assess and benchmark your capabilities to improve IT and organization performance

DORA has joined Google Cloud. Read more here.

Do you need help assessing technical and agile capabilities, or prioritizing capability development and resource allocation in your technology transformation? I am CEO and co-founder of DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) with industry experts Gene Kim and Jez Humble. We offer an assessment, benchmarking and prioritization tool to give you real insight into your technology journey. This is based on tens of thousands of data points from technology companies around the world, allowing us to understand what capabilities really drive IT and organizational performance. See more at or contact me to learn more.  

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For inquiries and details about speaking and consulting engagements, you can reach my team at

I am happy to provide a current CV, resume, headshot, or bio upon request. I can also be found on LinkedInResearchGate, and GoogleScholar

A note on contacting me

Please note the email address above goes to my team; they forward some messages on to me. Unfortunately due to the large amount of email I receive I’m afraid I can’t guarantee a timely response to questions or advice unless your query is short and has a simple yes/no answer. In particular, I have learned from experience not to offer advice over the internet. If you’re not sure how to proceed, I have three pieces of general advice: First, if you’re upset at something I’ve done or said, assume good intentions. Second, apply the scientific method to see if you can come to the solution yourself. Most answers are always “it depends” and I often can’t respond with detailed, customized answers, particularly over email. Third, if you can find your answer with a simple google search or in something I have previously published publicly, I will not respond.




If you need a bio for me: 


Dr. Nicole Forsgren does research and strategy at Google Cloud. She is co-author of the Shingo Publication Award winning book Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps and is best known as lead investigator on the largest DevOps studies to date. She has been a successful entrepreneur (with an exit to Google), professor, performance engineer and sysadmin. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. 



Dr. Nicole Forsgren does research and strategy at Google Cloud following the acquisition of her startup DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) by Google. She is co-author of the Shingo Publication Award winning book Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps, and is best known for her work measuring the technology process and as the lead investigator on the largest DevOps studies to date. She has been an entrepreneur, professor, sysadmin, and performance engineer. Nicole’s work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Nicole earned her PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, and is a Research Affiliate at Clemson University and Florida International University.